Dr. Mark Urken, MD

Dr. Mark Urken, MD

Head & Neck Surgical Oncology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 63
Dr. Mark Urken, MD is a head & neck surgical oncology specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 31 years. He graduated from University of Virginia / Main Campus in 1981 and specializes in head & neck surgical oncology, endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism, and more.Read his story

10 Union Sq E # 5B

New York, NY 10003

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  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • CareSource
  • Community Health Choice
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Husky Health
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Top Care Areas

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Thyroid Lobectomy
very high
more than 99% of peers
Tracheal Surgery
very high
more than 99% of peers
Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Urken's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Urken "Dr Mark Urken received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine after graduating summa cum laude from Williams College. Trained in Otolaryngology head & neck surgery and fellowship trained in microsurgery, Dr Urken was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1994 and served as Chairman of the Dept of Otolaryngology at Mt Sinai from 1995-2004. He is currently Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai and co-director of the Institute of Head and Neck and Thyroid Cancer. He has published over 250 articles, 25 chapters on topics in head and neck as well as thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and 3 textbooks on head and neck reconstruction. Since 2015, Dr Urken has published 46 articles in peer reviewed journals. In addition, he is the founder and medical director of the Thanc foundation. He has developed the Thyroid Cancer Care Collaborative, which is a relational database and disease management tool with over 2000 patients entered and endorsed by AACE and the ATA. He has lectured throughout the world on topics related to head and neck cancer, head and neck reconstruction, thyroid cancer and thyroid surgery. Dr Urken and his multidisciplinary team of dedicated clinicians are internationally renowned for their expertise, innovation, and compassionate care. Patients travel from all portions of the world to seek his care for some of the most challenging clinical problems related to the head and neck. "


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Urken "To provide expert and compassionate care for patients with benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck and thyroid gland. To expose patients to a renowned and dedicated team of clinicians from radiation oncology, medical oncology,radiology, pathology, cytology, speech and swallowing therapy, endocrinology who form a unique multidisciplinary group dedicated to providing the highest quality of patient care."

4  Specialties

  • Head & Neck Surgical Oncology
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
  • Plastic Surgery-Head & Neck

1  Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*

93  Conditions Treated


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38  Procedures

  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Caldwell-Luc Procedure
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • Cleft Palate Repair (Palatoplasty)
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • ENT Surgery
  • Excision of Facial Bone
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision or Destruction of Dentoalveolar Lesion or Tumor
  • Excision or Destruction of Palate or Uvula Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Pharynx Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Facial Nerve Repair
  • Glossectomy
  • Head and Neck Reconstruction Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Jaw Reconstruction Surgery
  • Laryngectomy and Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Lip, Excision or Resection
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Lymph Node Resection
  • Microvascular Head and Neck Reconstructive Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Parathyrodectomy
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tracheal Reconstruction
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Williams College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1977
  • University of Virginia / Main Campus
    Medical School | Graduated 1981
  • St Elizabeths Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1983
  • Mt Sinai Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1986
  • Mercy Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1987

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Annual Meeting, 1994
  • The Helmuth Goepfert visiting lecturer, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, MD Anderson Center, Feb 2011
  • Who’s Who in Medicine & Healthcare Third Edition, Marquis Who’s Who, 1999-2011
  • Presidential Citation, American Head & Neck Society, 2003
  • Best Doctors in America, 2000-2012
  • Cambridge Who’s Who, 2007-2011
  • Phi Beta Kappa - Williams College, 1976
  • Lester Gabrilove Award, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1999
  • Summa Cum Laude - Williams College, 1977
  • Top Doctor – The Best Doctors in New York, New York Magazine, 1995-2011
  • Best Cancer Doctors in America, 2006,2008,
Media & Publications

Dr. Urken has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Urken's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Urken to family and friends
39 total reviews (6 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (39)

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  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Urken's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    31 to 45 minutes

Patient Comments (6)

I travelled to ny to see Dr Urken, Buchbinder and Okay. I was told that he was the only doctor and this was the only team of specialists who could help me. After a 2 hour consultation with the 3 doctors, I now feel that I have hope and a plan
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Was recommended to Dr Urken by a family Endocrinologist after explaining my biopsy results. Scheduled an appointment with Dr Urken in NYC. He took his time explaining my condition and provided me with my options. I elected to have surgery in late Feb 2017. He successfully removed my left thyroid as...more
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Dr. Urken is a fabulous surgeon who performed my complicated thyroid surgery. My recovery was remarkable, no side effects, and I was feeling fine and off meds within a week and one half. Because of my unusual condition, I had been to many doctors in NYC before choosing Dr. Urken. Thrilled that I...more
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3 hours wait to see him and he's ignoring the situation and schmoozing outside in hallway with 7 full exam rooms all waiting inpatient for him never saw this kind of respond
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Waited over 1 an hr to see Dr. He apologized for wait, but then took a call. I am a 17 year survivor. Had head and neck radiation. Need to be followed as a result. Once he saw I didn't currently hv cancer he couldn't be bothered with me. I asked him if he wld examine my ears. He said he had...more
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